Before Eyepet, Sony Experimented With An Alien Monkey Game

By Spencer . August 21, 2012 . 12:03pm

simian_familySony Computer Entertainment Cambridge, the studio behind the MediEvil series and the upcoming Killzone game for Vita, was working with the PlayStation Eye in 2005.


They came up with Simian, which had player interact with alien monkeys in an adventure game. A demo was made that let players interact with a simian using gestures and a limited amount of words.


Simians was canceled in pre-production, but the concept and tech led to the development of EyePet. Note the "simian-larities" in art design. Since Eyepet is geared towards a younger audience, the horrifying spider monster didn’t make the cut.


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  • omeganeko

    ARGHHHHHHH THOSE EYES. It’s always interesting to see original/cancelled concepts. A game where you can interact with animals in the natural habitats to see how they react could be interesting. like maybe a mix between sims and… pokemon snap(?)

  • Kris

    Just when I thought Eyepet couldn’t be more nightmarish…

    • M’iau M’iaut

      I am still convinced that little guy’s expression would be the same while trying to shank you.

  • Pretty sure that Guriella is developing kilzone on vita.

    • Kevadu

       Yes, they only had the Guerrilla logo pop up on the trailer like 15 times…

  • …Its Staring to my Soul…IT WANTS ME DEAD 0-0

    • Colonel Custard

       Aye my soul too feels it’s stare…

  • miyamoto

    wow the Brits are the best in rock music yet fail miserably in character design. but great music and bad teeth in the 60s goes well together so I am not complaining. Media Molecule & Sony Liverpool kinda made up for Eyepet’s short comings.

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